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Wildlife holidays in South America with Naturetrek
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South America

For the natural history enthusiast, a trip to see South America’s extraordinary diversity of wildlife is a must!

Wildlife holidays in South America

South America is a beguiling place. With climatic, altitudinal and geographical extremes as wide as any and more bird species than any other continent, names such as ‘Amazon’ and ‘Galápagos’ have an endless fascination. To witness the staggering variety of life there is a goal that must be satisfied for anyone interested in natural history.

Our South America specialist recommends...

"Our outstanding 2-week cruise of the Galápagos aboard a splendid schooner is, in my opinion, second to none! In Peru I’d recommend our ‘Macaws & Machu Picchu’ tour which visits the world’s largest clay-lick and includes an optional trek to Machu Picchu. If you’re on a budget try our popular ‘Ecuador – Cock-of-the-rock’ tour or ‘Colombia – Multicoloured Tanager’ holiday."

Andy Tucker
Naturetrek Tour Manager

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Naturetrek tours to South America

From the great tropical rainforests of the north to the dramatic landscapes of Patagonia, Naturetrek’s South America holidays go in search of the continent’s dazzling array of birds, mammals and other wildlife. Here are just some of the Naturetrek wildlife tours in South America that you can choose from:

  • Ecuador – The Andes & Amazon – a birdwatching tour of the western cloudforests, high páramo and the Amazon lowlands
  • Ecuador & the Galápagos Islands – a 2-week cruise of the Galápagos Islands
  • Argentine Patagonia – explores southern Patagonia, the Peninsula Valdés, Glaciares National Park and Tierra del Fuego
  • Peru – Macaws & Machu Picchu – visit the famous Inca ruins and enjoy an isolated clay-lick on the Upper Tambopata River
  • Brazil – Just Jaguars! – our dedicated Jaguar-watching holiday taking you to the heart of the Brazilian Pantanal and into the heart of the ‘Jaguar Zone’!
  • South America’s Big Cats – focuses on searching for Pumas in Chile and Jaguars in  the Pantanal
  • The Falkland Islands – comprehensive exploration of these remote South Atlantic islands and a chance to see as many penguins as you could wish for!
  • Guyana – A Timeless Paradise – this unspoiled country is home to Giant Anteaters, Giant River Otters and Guianan Cock-of-the-rock and boasts some breathtaking scenery including waterfalls, pristine forests and savannahs

Birdwatching holidays in South America …
If your passion is birdwatching, then you can’t beat South America! We offer a superb variety of dedicated birdwatching holidays to the continent. Here’s a selection:

WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR South America HOLIDAYS

Overall an excellent trip. So far, the best area visited for wildlife, with excellent viewing from the open-sided trucks and especially the boats in the 'Jaguar Zone'. Marcos was one of the best local guides we have had. Excellent in the field and a clear communicator - good at sharing his knowledge with his group, and full of enthusiasm. The Pantanal is superb for getting involved in the day to day lives of the animals and birds and Naturetrek's itinerary and guides ensured we saw just about everything on offer.
Our view is that the balance of the itinerary is just about right. Pousso is fairly basic but gives a good starter for this sort of trip and the length of time there is enough. The Flotel is very good and probably better all round than we expected, particularly the accommodation and food. The sightings of birds and mammals probably could not have been bettered...particularly the Ocelot. Marcos Felix was excellent in all respects. The most important aspect of this type of holiday is having a tour leader/guide in whom you have complete trust in all respects. Marcos Felix satisfies that criteria very well. Marcos had an incredible knowledge and insight on all birds and mammals which he shared with us. It would have been much less of an experience without him.

Mr & Mrs D.W.
Lancashire
Brazilian Pantanal & Iguazu Falls

Overall a really super holiday.